DBJ: Wright State offering tuition assistance for students pursuing in-demand jobs


Wright State University has earned state funding to help students receive training for in-demand jobs.

The university’s Raj Soin College of Business will offer 50 need-based tuition awards to students who pursue short-term certifications in human resources, business analytics and information technology thanks to a $50,000 award from the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Short Term Financial Assistance Program.

“We are delighted that the Ohio Department of Higher Education found these programs to be worthy, based on their relevance to Ohio’s workforce needs, to grant us funding to assist students who wish to earn these certificates,” said Thomas Traynor, interim dean of the business college.

Each need-based eligible student will receive $1,000 in financial aid to be applied to their tuition. The financial aid will cover most of the tuition for the programs’ first course. Non‐degree seeking students will be able to apply the certificate coursework toward a degree.

The four certificates offered can be earned in less than a year and will lead to an industry-recognized credential for an in-demand job. The initiative is designed to help Ohio retain and expand existing businesses, attract new investments and talent, and support entrepreneurship.

The undergraduate Business Analytics Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to conduct basic data analytics in occupations that require the evaluation of data, and to support and work alongside data scientists, according to Wright State.

Currently, an estimated 1,100 positions are open in Ohio under the broad area of business analytics.

Students who complete the Human Resources Management Certificate will be qualified for entry‐level and first‐level supervisory positions. The program also will prepare students to pass the entry‐level PHR or SHRM‐Certified Professional Certificate exams, as well as the senior‐level SPHR or SHRM‐Senior Certified Professional Certificate exams.

The HR Certification Exam Preparation Course prepares students to pass the entry‐level PHR or SHRM‐Certified Professional Certificates, which demonstrates they know the domain of HR knowledge even if they do not have the educational degree credentials. Most employers listing HR positions include HR professional certification from HRCI or SHRM as a preferred qualification in their job descriptions and position postings.

The graduate Information Technology Management Certificate program enrolls IT professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek advanced leadership and managerial positions, or professionals with a bachelor’s degree in business looking to move into the field of information systems. Wright State says the certificate provides the tools to “proficiently perform in technology management, business analytics and information systems security.”

Individuals who are interested in learning more about these certificates or their eligibility for one of the $1,000 scholarships are urged to contact the Raj Soin College of Business.

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